Our Board and Management
VincentCare's Board of Directors and Management team
Board of Directors
Tony Nicholson | Board Chair
Tony served as the Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director for 13 years to 2017 and prior, as the Chief Executive Officer at Hanover Welfare Service (now Launch Housing).
Beginning as a young social worker in the early 1980s, Tony’s work in the homelessness sector has been extensive. Notably he chaired the Rudd Government’s White Paper on homelessness and was one of two Deputy Commissioners appointed to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. In 2017, at the request of the Victorian Government, he led the development of a long-term strategy to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping.
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and Science – The University of Melbourne, CPA
Anita has over 15 years of corporate finance experience working with private and public companies across a number of industries in Melbourne, London and Hong Kong. She has had direct exposure to strategy development, financial reporting and budgeting and M&A including due diligence, funding, valuation and transaction structuring.
She is currently a Director within the Deals Advisory business at PwC in Melbourne. Prior to this, she has worked within the investment banking division at UBS and Rothschild. She has also spent time at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) as the EMEA Commercial Finance Director.
Anita joined the VincentCare Board in April 2019.
MBA, Grad Dip (ILM), Dipp App Sc, Dipp Acc, GAICD
Gerry established his skills from almost twenty years in the military specialising in Major acquisition projects and logistics. Since then he has performed Project Management roles in the private sector with such organisations as BHP Billiton and Linfox, and with the public sector with the Victorian State Government Departments of Justice, Transport, Sustainability and Environment.
He has had extensive experience managing Government procurement activities, and has been involved with successful Government grant submissions such as EPICS and reviewing the Victorian Emergency Management NDRRA grant submissions.
He is currently serving as a Board Member and Director of Woodleigh School, and on the John Paul College School Board.
Gerry joined the VincentCare Board in April 2019.
Sally has worked for more than 30 years in the community and not-for-profit industries covering direct service delivery, program design, and development of policy practice and research. She has extensive experience working with people experiencing disadvantage including people experiencing homelessness and people living with a disability.
Sally is currently Head of Youth Transitions at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She is also on the board of the Australian Government Cross Departmental National Community of Interest, and is a member of the Victorian Government Expert Advisory Committee – Leaving Care Home Stretch. Sally is also a two-time past recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnership.
Sally joined the VincentCare Board in July 2019.
David was the Executive Director of Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce for 17 years and retired from this positon in 2014.
David has an extensive background in life insurance, previously appointed Group Company Secretary with Norwich Union Financial Services Limited and Deputy General Manager of Lifescreen Australia (a subsidiary of Norwich Group). David also was appointed Executive Director of the Life Insurance Federation of Australia, the representative body for all the life insurance companies operating in Australia.
David has been involved in various Boards including the Board of Australian Overseas Foundation Inc and Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board.
David was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005.
Michael is currently the Deputy State President of St Vincent de Paul Victoria.
Michael established the East Timor Scholarship Fund – funds are distributed by Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund. He is also President of the Parish Council at St Judes Parish in Langwarrin and a member of the Finance Committee.
Michael has been involved in establishing and managing several businesses over the past 35 years.
Brian has held a range of senior finance and accounting positions across both the private and public sectors, principally with Foster’s Brewing Group Limited and the Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), in addition to listed entities in the Health sector.
He previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant, whilst working at an antecedent firm of Ernst & Young. He is semi-retired and currently consulting to the State Government on an occasional basis.
Brian has been a member of VincentCare’s Risk, Audit and Finance Committee for nearly three years, where he has demonstrated strong analytical capacity and financial acumen.
He also currently serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the John Pierce Centre (Catholic deaf community) and a Board (and Finance Committee) Member of Doncare Community Services. He is Treasurer of the Australian Cricket Society Inc.
Board Committee Members
Brendan is the State Treasurer for St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.
BEc (Hons); MEc
Maurice has a background in economics and finance in the manufacturing and mining industries.
He worked at the World Bank in Washington DC and held management positions with Rio Tinto in Australia and internationally. He was also a Commissioner at the Commonwealth Government’s Productivity Commission.
Maurice is President of the Ringwood Region of the Society.
Maurice is Chair of the Investment Committee.
Assoc. Dip. Vals, AAPI, MAICD, CFM
David joined ISPT in November 2004 to establish and manage ISPT No 3, an opportunities and development fund.
David has in excess of 30 years’ experience encompassing the areas of valuations, property management, property development, and property funds management gained with financial institutions such as AXA and Deutsche Bank in Australia and the UK.
David’s current responsibility is for the overall performance of the series of ISPT Development Funds including identification of potential projects, the procurement of capital for development and oversight of the development process.
Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer: Quinn Pawson
Chief Financial Officer: Eileen Goh
General Manager – Homelessness Services: Paul Turton
General Manager – Housing: Stephanie Fennell
General Manager – Marketised Services: Brad Jordan
General Manager – People, Culture and Communications: Mark Jackson
Executive Assistant to CEO: Lyndall Willis
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